Important Bird Areas

Grand Traverse Bay basin (Albert Ecoregion Vii.5.2)

Michigan

The ecoregion surrounding Grand Traverse Bay from the tip of the Leelanau to Petoskey.

Ornithological Summary

Supports the state's highest breeding density of Grasshopper Sparrows, and a variety of other high quality grassland species.

Conservation Issues

Mostly unknown, but invasive plants presumably threaten habitat quality, and agricultural practices could cause habitat loss or degradation or loss of productivity if mowing performed on improper cycles. More research necessary.

Ownership

Dominated by privately-owned property, with traces of state and federal land on the boundaries of the ecoregion.

Habitat

An ecoregion dominated by northern hardwood forest patches interspersed with abundant agricultural fields and row crops. Smaller percentages of grassland, mixed lowland forests, and wetlands are present.

Land Use

Dominated by agriculatural uses including orchards, hay production, and row crops.